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NAMM 2019: Waves Audio makes new plugin offering

The new launches include the Dave Audé Producer pack of eight plugins, one of which is the new Sibilance plugin

Waves Audio (booth 15302 at NAMM 2019) has launched new plugin offerings, including the Sibilance plugin – which is included in the Dave Audé Pack – and the Dave Audé Producer Pack, which consists of eight plugins.

The Waves Sibilance plugin, powered by Waves’ Organic ReSynthesis technology, is a vocal de-esser that removes harsh “s” and “sh” sounds, allowing the user to make vocals sound brighter without harshness. Sibilance takes only seconds to set up: insert it on a vocal or voiceover track and set the threshold and range controls to dial in the perfect amount of “s” reduction. 

Waves has also introduced the Dave Audé Producer Pack, eight plugins hand-picked by Grammy-winning music producer Audé, who has worked with the likes of Sting, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, and Lady Gaga, featuring a versatile selection of virtual instruments, effects and mixing tools for music production.

Audé has put together a diverse collection of premium instruments, plus vocal and drum mixing essentials, to give tracks a professional sound. The pack is designed for either those who are just starting out or are looking to expand an existing collection of production tools.

Audé gave a rundown of each of his Producer Pack plugins:

  • Codex Wavetable Synth: “If you’re producing anything that sounds new and modern, you need this synth. If you want to sound original and not use the same sounds and patches as everyone else, then you need to dive head first into this one.”
  • Sibilance: “Everyone needs this transparent, easy-to-use de-esser in their arsenal – essential for anyone producing or mixing any type of vocal.”
  • Smack Attack: “Another essential tool for any modern producer. At the end of a mix, use this to pop up missing percussion tracks – I use it on loops to soften up kick or snare drums that might be fighting with the main drums in the mix.”
  • OneKnob Pumper: “Who really has time to set up sidechains? That’s why this auto-sidechaining plugin is used in all my sessions to get the bass and kick pumping together. Quick, easy automatic ducking effect – with just one knob.”
  • Electric Grand 80 Piano: “This is a beautiful piano from my favorite era – the 80s.”
  • Electric 88 Piano: “A great-sounding 70s Rhodes-style piano; ultra-dope with fuzz or distortion-type effects.”
  • Electric 200 Piano: “This Wurlitzer-type piano will be your go-to when you’re looking for that Beach Boys/Supertramp-type sound. It suits anything from retro 60s, 70s, and 80s to modern pop and R&B.”
  • Bass Slapper: “I don’t play bass guitar, but I do play piano. This is as close to a real bass as you’re gonna get. My favorite thing about it is being able to move the fretboard, and the effects are a big bonus.”
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